Sunil Kumar Verma
September 1974), is an Indian biologist and , a principal scientist at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
, India. Verma is primarily known for his contributions to the development of "universal primer technology", a DNA barcoding
method, that can identify any bird, fish, reptile or mammal from a small biological sample, and satisfy legal evidence requirements in a court of law. This technology has revitalised the field of wildlife forensics and is now routinely used across India to provide a species identification service in cases of wildlife crime.
Verma received his D.Phil.
in medical oncology
from the University of Oxford
, and has worked in the areas of signal transduction
in cancer and on molecular biology applications in wildlife conservation
. He is the recipient of several national awards, including the 2008 CSIR
Technology Award, the 2009 NRDC
Meritorious Invention Award and the 2009 BioAsia Innovation Award in recognition of his contribution to Indian science and technology. Read more...